By Dave Cannon, ‘10

It was his position as treasurer for Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity that made Peter Holland, a senior majoring in business administration with concentrations in finance and economics, decide to pursue a career in financial management.

“I liked having the responsibility of forecasting and budgeting for an entire organization,” said Holland, who after interviewing through the Career Development Center’s on campus interview program, landed a position working as a financial management specialist for the U.S. General Services Administration in Washington, D.C.

As part of his responsibilities, Holland will analyze business systems and serve as an advisor to GSA affiliates. He sees the position as the first step toward a wide variety of opportunities.

“I’m really happy about the way things turned out,” said Holland. “I'm looking forward to learning more about government operations because I have a real interest in politics. Since a lot of policies are based on economics and finance, that’s an area I'd eventually like to explore.”

In addition to pursuing his interests working in finance, Holland also wanted to make sure he found a work environment that matched his personality. In particular, he looked for high workforce morale and a strong sense of camaraderie among employees.

"Part of the interview process was a meet and greet in Washington, D.C. where I met about 40 current GSA employees,” said Holland. “I had better conversations there than I had with any other employer during my job search. That was something that really put GSA at the top of my list."

During his search, Holland also focused on making connections with professionals and setting up informational interviews.

“You should try and meet as many people as you can,” said Holland. “That way, you really get a feel for the culture of the organization.”